Nonprofits/Philanthropy: CHARLES D. ‘CHUCK’ HENDERSON
CEO, AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION, ARLINGTON COUNTY
Henderson says the American Diabetes Association needs to continue to double down on addressing health disparities and systemic inequities for people living with diabetes.
“This is such an important area of improvement that has the potential to change millions of lives for the better in our country,” says Henderson, who was appointed to the nonprofit’s top spot in May after serving as interim CEO for six months.
The ADA’s goal is to lead the diabetes community through its scientific and research advances, Henderson says, and it will continue to lobby elected officials to lower insulin costs, expand Medicare and reduce barriers to access that so many people fighting the disease confront.
Henderson has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M. He joined the ADA as chief development officer in January 2020 from Champion Life Safety Solutions LLC, where he was president and CEO.
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